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The New Alpine Coaster in Duluth, MN
A New Alpine Slide - On a Track!
A new attraction opened up in July 2010 in the Duluth area of Minnesota. This new attraction is an adventure ride that features a metal track creating curves and drops for individual (single) coasters to go down the tallest Spirit Mountain hills.
I recently checked out this new attraction to see what it was all about, and let me tell you, it made for the ultimate thrill. Learn more about the Alpine Coaster and be sure to check it out when you're in the area!
Image courtesy of Spirit Mountain Ski Area
You're In Control
You only go as fast as you want to! Just make sure you tell the operator at top if you're going to go slow, that way you won't have traffic pile up behind you!
Running the Course
Flying Down the Mountain
The track curves and darts down 3,200 feet of track to the bottom of the hill. You control your speed by either pushing the controllers forward to go faster or pulling back to go slower or stop.
If you crave speed and push as far as you can, you could reach speeds up to 26 miles per hour! This may not seem fast on paper, but it sure is fast when you're winding down a steep hill!
The coaster prides itself in differing from the alpine slide by featuring hair-pin turns and the fact that it can run year round due to it's unique design.
Take a Test Ride - See The Track in Action
Hitting the Bottom
And Back Up Again
Coming to the end of the track at the bottom of the hill, you come down to a halt. Thinking it's the end of the ride, you're sad it's over. But it's not.
From here you get taken back to the top of the hill as you sit in your cart and enjoy the view. The cable-system pulls you up as you are pulled through beautiful scenery, a mountain of color for a fun 'cool-down'.
Prices, and Other Info
Hours: Open Thursday through Sunday 10am - 7pm
Costs: $8 single rider, $12 double rider
Riders must be:
- 48" tall or at least 8 years old to ride alone
- Under 350 pounds
- At least 3 years old to ride the Alpine Coaster
Group Parties Available: They throw birthday parties and all sorts of get-togethers there at the facility. Get discounted rates and fun activities when you bring a group of ten or more for a party. What a great birthday gift for your children and their friends!
Visit their website here for more details.
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